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Every Day Evidence #68 for 2013/14 - Our Public Schools Work

Written by Mike Paskewicz on Apr 23, 2014
April 23, 2014 EDE #68 for 2013/14 Good Morning  Representatives MacGregor, VerHeulen, Lyons, Brinks, Dillion, Yonker, and Hooker,Senator Jansen, and Governor Snyder, Fun Facts   Jamie Vollmer, author of Schools Cannot Do It Alone, will be speaking with the Northview community on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Invite your friends and neighbors.  There is no admission cost.Remember to vote on May 6, 2014 - Renewal of the Building and Site Millage that allows the district to maintain and repair its facilities and grounds without taking money from classroom and co-curricular programs.  No Tax Rate Increase.Legislators: Questions for Your Consideration Can you help me understand why a "new idea" for road funding is placed on the fast track and the "Classrooms and Kids" proposal for K-12 funding was labeled as "coming in too late" for consideration, even though both have a similar recommendation to realign revenue?Are you supportive of a 3% "net-operating" increase to the Base Foundation Allowance?Have you considered the "Classrooms and Kids" proposal for funding K-12 schools? Every Day EvidenceToday's EDE is from Kari Wilson, Crossroads Middle School Art Teacher, thanking others for making carnival for a Cause a success.  Please take time to click on the links to her blog. "Hi Everyone!A huge thank you to all who helped make the Crossroads NJHS Carnival for a Cause a huge success! Thank you NJHS member, you were an absolute JOY to work with, and thank you, all you wonderful parents, too many to list here, who helped with every stage of this event! Thanks Mr. Mike and Mr. Matt for the help with set up and take down. You are the best! Check out the slide show on our NJHS website. Wonderful to see so many happy faces of little kids as they played games with NJHS members! Also saw lots of happy faces of our Crossroads big kids as they left the prize room with those cool, lighted swords, flashing fingertips, and popping ice cream cones! Don't miss the photos of the pie toss, easily the most popular booth (thank you Todd Lentner for your awesome carpentry skills!) See if you can figure out who's behind those messy goggles! I spy a science teacher, a librarian, a special ed teacher, a dean of students,and a coach/ disciplinarian as well as a lot of Crossroads students! A special thank you to the brave souls who willingly got pie'd, and a huge thank you to Karen Wagner and her giant spatula for helping clean up all that whipped cream!  -- Kari Wilson" mswilsonsartclass.blogspot.com karisfunartlessons.blogspot.com Sincerely,Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent

Code Yellow Lock Down

Written by Mike Paskewicz on Apr 22, 2014
April 22, 2014Good Afternoon,Sometimes an issue in the community affects the Northview Public Schools.  We have been proactive in Northview by developing a Safety Response Plan in collaboration with the Kent County Sheriff's Department.  The plan is based upon national Homeland Security guidelines as well as state and local best practice protocols. Today at approximately 12:45 PM Paul Medawar Jewelers on Plainfield near 5 Mile was robbed. 4-5 African American males with masks fled on foot.  We were in immediate contact with Kent County Sheriff's Department Dispatch and our own School Resource Officer, Deputy Andy Kozal. They indicated all Northview buildings should be locked down (code yellow).  This means the doors to all our schools are locked and we insure all students and staff are safe.  Classes continue as normal inside the buildings.  At the high school we assign campus supervisors and other available staff to doors within the high school. As part of our protocol we do not issue immediate information about the lock down as our primary work is to secure the buildings and make sure the environment is safe.  Sending an immediate set of information to parents could result in complications for law enforcement officials responding to the scene of a robbery or a crime.  It also could cause complications at the school site that has been safely secured.   Students remain in the buildings until the Sheriff's Department issues an all clear. This would include cancelling or delaying after school activities and athletic events should the lock down continue past the normal closing time of the school day.  We had already placed contingency plans in motion in the event that the lock down continued past the end of the school day. The lock down today was lifted at approximately 1:40 p.m. by Kent County Sheriff's Department officials.  Police officers are still on the scene of the robbery and in the immediate surrounding areas.  All of our schools resumed normal operations and students were dismissed at the usual times.  After school activities and athletic events went on as scheduled.   Keeping our kids safe is our top priority.  If you have questions about our Code Yellow procedures please feel free to contact me directly or contact your respective school principal. Please feel free to share this information with those in your circles of influence.  Thanks for your help this afternoon.  We couldn't do it without you. Sincerely and With Great Respect,Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent

Student Voice - Our Public Schools Work!

Written by Mike Paskewicz on Apr 21, 2014
April 21, 2014 EDE #67 for 2013/14 Good Morning  Representatives MacGregor, VerHeulen, Lyons, Brinks, Dillion, Yonker, and Hooker,Senator Jansen, and Governor Snyder, Fun Facts Jamie Vollmer, author of Schools Cannot Do It Alone, will be speaking with the Northview community on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center.  Invite your friends and neighbors.  There is no admission cost.Remember to vote on May 6, 2014 - Renewal of the Building and Site Millage that allows the district to maintain and repair its facilities and grounds without taking money from classroom and co-curricular programs.  No Tax Rate Increase.Legislators: Questions for Your Consideration Are you supportive of a 3% "net-operating" increase to the Base Foundation Allowance?Have you considered the "Classrooms and Kids" proposal for funding K-12 schools? Can you help me understand why a "new idea" for road funding is placed on the fast track and the "Classrooms and Kids" proposal for K-12 funding was labeled as "coming in too late" for consideration, even though both have a similar recommendation to realign revenue? Every Day EvidenceToday's EDE is a staff and student voice that recognizes a teacher at West Oakview Elementary. "Dear Mike,  I wanted to write to you to share an honor that was given to one of our colleagues here at West. Barnes and Noble ran their annual “My Favorite Teacher” contest. Carol Foley took the time to have students write about their favorite teacher. The essays were submitted to Barnes and Noble and one of our student’s letters was chosen as the local winner! Fourth grader Hannah wrote a letter about her former third grade teacher, Mrs. Ohnsman. It read: Dear Mrs. Ohnsman, You have inspired me and helped me with math and reading. In math I have learned to do long multiplication and some long division. You have taught me to never give up on any thing.   I hope other kids appreciate you as much as you have inspired me to follow my dreams and keep on going even if there is a bump in the road.   Other people should know what a great teacher you are.   Love, Hannah P.S. I’m glad you are my teacher. There will be an event at Barnes and Noble to honor the teacher and student. The date is Saturday, April 19th at 1:00 at the Woodland Mall Store.  We hope you can join us there on that day! I will send you a copy of the original letter and information about the contest in the courier. From here, the letter will also be entered in a regional contest, and regional winners will be entered in a national contest. Regional winners will receive $500 gift card and the national winner will receive $5,000 for their school. Regardless of the higher awards, we are very proud of both Hannah and Mary Lou! Sincerely, Kim Strayhorn on behalf of  Tricia and the West Staff" Sincerely,Mike Paskewicz, Superintendent

Advanced Copy of May Superintendent Letter in Northview News

Written by Mike Paskewicz on Apr 18, 2014
Northview News May 2014 Dear Families, Community Members, Students, and Staff, We are just a few short weeks from the end of the 2013/14 school year and high school graduation ceremonies.  Over the past four years 85% of our graduates were admitted to post-secondary education.  Five percent (5%) selected full-time or part-time employment.  Five percent (5%) selected a technical institution to continue their learning.  Four percent (4%) elected to serve our country as a member of the Armed Forces.  I am confident the members of the 2014 graduating class are prepared to move on to life’s next step.  They have been successful in their academic achievement and their commitment to strengthening the culture and climate of the Northview Public Schools. Our schools cannot do it alone (Vollmer, 2010). Students in the Northview Public Schools are successful because they are supported by a strong emotional and spiritual relationship between families, staff, and community members.  We believe that people working together can accomplish anything. Do you know where your Michigan legislators are regarding support for K-12 public education?  I encourage you to ask them the following questions. ·         What legislative actions have you taken to provide adequate funding for Northview students? ·         As a legislator, do you support a “real 3% increase to the net-operating revenue” in the Base Foundation Allowance? ·         Will you join us in our commitment to accelerating student academic growth and nurturing student social development in Northview? ·         How will you demonstrate your commitment? Our local elected officials, Senator Jansen and Representatives MacGregor and VerHeulen, have been willing to listen to our concerns.  They have been willing to recognize and state the successes and challenges in our school district.  They are part of the State Legislature that will make the decisions on the Base Foundation Allowance.  They are part of the elected officials that will make decisions on legislation that helps or hinders local public schools.  I encourage you to listen to what our legislators are saying and try to determine the source of the information that influences their decision-making regarding policies that impact Northview.  They are making important decisions over the next few weeks that may not impact the 2014 graduating class.  However, they are making decisions that will affect every student in Northview for the remaining years of their public school education.   Senator Mark Jansen                          senmjansen@senate.michigan.gov Representative Peter MacGregor      petermacgregor@house.mi.gov Representative Rob VerHeulen        robverheulen@house.mi.gov Visit our web site to find your elected official by zip code/address  www.nvps.net …… and, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 on the ballot proposal asking for residents to consider a Building and Site Millage Renewal – NO TAX RATE INCREASE.  Renewal of these building and site funds allows us to keep our facilities safe and in good repair without taking from the limited dollars we have available to fund our classroom learning activities and   co-curricular programs.  More details, including frequently asked questions and completed projects, are available at nvps.net. If you have questions, please contact me at 616-365-6151 or mpaskewicz@nvps.net. Sincerely and With Great Respect,     Mike

Monitoring your every move

Written by Steve Matthews on Apr 17, 2014
UPS has begun monitoring a driver's every move. It is done, the company says, to increase productivity.

UPS monitors when the truck doors open and close, when the seat belt is fasten or unfastened, when the truck is started.

Data, some say, is king!

More data has led to increased productivity. Increased productivity saves money and increases profits.

And, not surprisingly, the company has the reserach to back it up. Deliveries per driver have increased. Pay has gone up as well.

There is a downside. Drivers complain of "big brother."

But, I am sure, drivers' enjoy their larger paychecks.

Can schools adopt and adapt the same process to educating students?

Can schools measure their productivity?

Schools can, and probably have, began to measure how long it takes to learn the alphabet, how to read, know math facts, learn economic principles. Schools can measure how long lunch lines are, if bus stops are too far apart, and how often the lights are left on in a classroom that is empty. The list of targets to measure in schools is endless.

Clearly it is not a question of can schools measure productivity. Perhaps the question is should schools measure productivity?

Some things in schools clearly should be measured. Bus stops wait times, how much electricity is wasted.

But can and should we apply productivity principles to classrooms?